Explosion Rattles Libyan Capital

Published on Saturday 28th May 2011

A huge explosion rocked Tripoli Saturday in what could be a rare, daytime NATO airstrike. The French news agency (AFP) says white smoke could be seen rising from the blast site, described as army barracks near the residence of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Earlier Saturday, explosions from suspected NATO airstrikes lit up the night sky over Tripoli. Libyan state television said the strikes targeted several buildings in the capital. Meanwhile, Russia - Libya's long-time ally - has offered to mediate a deal to help oust Gadhafi. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Gadhafi "should leave." The Russian leader commented Friday at the end of a G8 summit in France, where he also announced that he was sending an envoy, Mikhail Margelov, to the Libyan rebel stronghold Benghazi.  Several Western powers have previously called for Gadhafi's departure.Earlier Friday, forces loyal to Gadhafi renewed efforts to regain control of rebel-held Misrata, Libya's third largest city. Fierce fighting between the two sides took place in several parts of the city.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.


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